Catalonia’s parliament looked set to call new elections after failing to form a government last Sunday.
This deepens the political paralysis across the Spanish state, where there is no sign of a new government almost three weeks after a general election.
The Catalan election last September saw parties calling for independence from Spain win an overall majority in parliament for the first time.
But the alliance led by centre-right outgoing president Artur Mas only won 62 seats—not enough to form a government.
This gave the other pro-independence group,
anti-capitalist left party CUP which won an unprecedented ten MPs, a deciding role.
CUP came under immense pressure to endorse a Mas government or be seen as wrecking Catalonia’s chance for independence.
It held an emergency national meeting to vote on its position on Sunday 27 December.
The result was a dead heat with 1,515 voting for backing Mas and 1,515 voting against.
But CUP’s leading committee came out against backing Mas last Saturday.
If MPs do not agree on a new president by Saturday there will be new elections. This makes a new general election across the Spanish state more likely.